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Liturgical Furnishings by Jerome Edward Mahoney

Sculptor Jerome "Jerry" Edward Mahoney died Feb. 11, 2011, at his home in Rancho Cucamonga at the age of 77. In the 1980's he accepted a commission from Msgr. William J. Barry, then pastor at OLA, to create a major installation for our church. One of the artist's core beliefs, according to his family quoted in his obituary, was that "art should be lived with every day." This is especially true at OLA where the altar, tabernacle, ambo, candle holders, and cross are an integral part of our daily worship. The artist has described forms such as those seen in the OLA pieces as "an abstraction from nature of the metaphor of power, mystery and sensuality that I see in the cliffs, rock formations, and slot canyons of the southwest." In combining the rich warmth of rosewood with high-tech stainless steel, the artist attempted to capture "the mysteries that underline the fabric of existence" (quoted from the artist's website). The parish art team is making plans now to restore another Maloney piece, the baptismal font, and place it in the alcove opposite the matching tabernacle.